Jackie Baillie has told how the SNP government’s publication of the bill to establish the National Care Service paves the way for power to be taken away from local authorities.

The Dumbarton constituency MSP has called the move the “biggest power grab in the history of Holyrood” amid fears it will undermine councils.

The bill to establish the National Care Service means local authorities, like West Dunbartonshire Council, would no longer run social care services.

Ms Baillie said: “What this represents is nothing less than the biggest power grab in the history of Holyrood – one that threatens the very existence of local government in Scotland.

“After years of steadfast opposition to a National Care Service, the SNP is now using the creation of such a service to disempower local government and centralise yet more power. The wholesale transfer of over 100,000 staff away from local government is a recipe for chaos and uncertainty and people receiving services may suffer as a result.

“Make no mistake – this is not a National Care Service. What the SNP and their friends in big business have devised is a national commissioning service which can be used as a fig leaf for centralising power.

“The people of Scotland, especially those who work or live in care, deserve so much better than this.

“That’s why Scottish Labour wants to see control of the care system devolved to communities alongside fair pay for workers.”

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